GDG- NPS & slavery
jlawrence at kc.rr.com
Mon Jan 2 17:32:15 CST 2012
You know, when there are slave quarters behind the Lee mansion in Arligton
and the two slain Kennedy brotheres (both strong civil rights advocates) are
buried there, I do not see your issue.
My favorite historical site at Arlington is in the back. The Confederate
memorial (the one that the SCV claims shows armed slaves fighting for the
south but really does not) is in the back with the Confederate graves. right
outside the gravel maintenance parking lot. And behind the USCT burial
Seems kind of appropriate.
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Subject: GDG- NPS & slavery
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> RE: The emphasize on slavery and emancipation at battlefields sites it
> not just the battlefields.
> In 1992 I began as a tourguide working as a narrator on the Tourmobile
> Trams in Wash, DC. There was, to me anyway, a rather bizarre
> over-emphasis on
> slavery on the tours.
> In particular Arlington Cemetery demanded that in our "script" that we
> make "X" number of references to slavery and African-Americans.
> Tourmobile was a contracted service vendor to the NPS which dictated the
> content of T's tours.
> I really have no objection at all to making such references. But
> currently Afro-African Americans are 10%-15% of the population and they
> appropriate attention.
> But if you ask me I think the proportion was way out of whack when it
> to the issue.
> And most citizens know almost nothing of the history of the cemetery and
> the plantation.
> I am convinced IMO that there was less emphasis on George Washington, for
> example, and his descendents there that there should have been while
> and African-Americans were over-emphasized.
> There were plenty of other things there that could have been mentioned.
> Had not slavery and A-A's been emphasized I think all things considered
> more important stuff was omitted while we talked about slavery and A-A's.
> Take the issue of race out of it and they were topics far less important
> than other things.
> I can't imagine how many people visit Arl Cem for a dose of slave history
> but it must be practically none.
> Where the motivation for this emphasis comes from I don't know. But then
> again I have learned to be no admirer of the NPS.
> I have never been in the VC at Gtysbg. I have heard about the emphasis
> slavery in there and have avoided the place.
> Who in their right mind comes to Gettysburg to learn about slavery?
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